LIMERICK City West councillor James Collins has decided not to contest the Fianna Fáil Limerick City general election selection convention.
Cllr Collins, who is the party group leader in the council’s Metropolitan District, revealed that he does not agree with the Fianna Fáil National Executive’s one candidate strategy for Limerick City.
However, he added that he will accept the party decision and said that he “remains available should the strategy change”.
“I have decided not to contest the Fianna Fáil Limerick City selection convention this week. I would like to thank the Fianna Fáil membership who have nominated me to contest this convention. I feel honoured that the grassroots membership of the party feel that I have the qualities to be a Dáil candidate and a potential TD,” commented Cllr Collins.
“Having consulted with the membership it is my view that the Fianna Fáil party should run two candidates in the four-seat Limerick City constituency. Fianna Fáil needs to build on our recent success in the local elections, where we are now the biggest party at local level across the country.”
Cllr Collins concluded: “I do not agree with the one general election candidate strategy for Limerick City decided by the National Executive. I will however, accept their decision and will fully support Fianna Fáil in the general election campaign.”